A new product from Thinx that allows women to have sex on their periods without fear of ruining their bedding. (image courtesy Thinx)

For something that is virtually never discussed, menstrual sex is a multi-dimensional experience that offers many benefits to the intrepid ladies and gentlemen willing to brave the red tide! First of all, it’s an invitation to raw-dog with the monogamous or trusted partner of your choosing, for ladies that enjoy sexual congress with men, but decline to take chemical birth control. For another, it is a helpful gauge of a cis male’s long-term potential, maturity, and seaworthiness — because on a long enough timeline, every man has to once or twice dig deep and face the  reality of menstruation. (You know, that horrifying reality that women deal with every single month for a huge portion of their lives, without all that much recognition or fanfare!) And of course, there is the most tangible benefit: sometimes you’re on your period and you really need to get some. You know what I mean, ladies. Don’t be shy. I have them too.

But in truth, it’s not the squeamishness of immature sex partners that inhibits the vibe during our Special Moon Time — it’s the risk of destroying our bedding. It’s hard to really get your swerve on, when you’re worried about leaving your bedroom looking like a CSI scene. It makes sleeping in the wet spot seem tame.

The front and back of the period sex blanket, and Thinx recommends you lay the blanket black side up for on-the-rag action, or all the time if you’re Goth.

Great news! Everyone’s favorite (and virtually only) period-wear specialists, THINX, have just announced the expansion of their period-relevant product line — formally comprised of absorbent underwear to be worn in lieu of disposable feminine hygiene products, and pro-period merch — to address the hot topic of getting off without getting it on your bedding.

A detail of the period sex blanket by Thinx

As reported by Dezeen, the company is launching a four-layer absorbent “Period Sex Blanket,” designed to discreetly and hygienically catch the fallout while you get yours. Thinx launched the product last weekend at a pop-up event in New York, inside a custom pavilion designed by architecture studio The Principals. I suppose if anything is a good testing ground for the products claims, it would be an open-air kiosk of entirely white surfaces. I sleep in something very similar myself, so I am glad to know the layers of moisture-wicking cotton, anti-microbial lining, a super-absorbent fabric, and a leak-resistant barrier have got me covered.

But of course, there’s no need to reserve this blanket for those “red zone” plays (that was a football joke, art nerds) — the blanket is two-sided, so you can Netflix and chill whether you’re watching The Hunt for Red October or not, if you know what I mean.

The period sex blanket in its packaging

Kudos to Thinx for this “taboo-smashing” product! I’m so excited to have a cozy alternative to my current solution of performing menstrual sex in a crude, dirt-floored backyard hut made of sticks and animal fur, that I won’t even mention we are centuries overdue in mainstreaming this quotidian function of female biology that is literally going on somewhere in your vicinity at all times. Ride ‘em, cowgirls!

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7 replies on “Design to the Rescue: “Period Sex Blanket” Offers Options During Menstruation”

    1. You don’t have to join the discussion, but calling it juvenile? Compared to what? I personally think it’s unfortunate for people to belittle authors who are sex positive and funny women to boot. Remember when the president during a debate said that Hillary Clinton was possibly late to returning because she was in the bathroom and… “eww”. This guy thinks he’s a real ham.

      This author may find the design quite brilliant and it inspired this creative writing. The only problem I have with all of this is if she got the blanket for free publicity and didn’t disclose it in her article, then that would make her worse than Hitler.

      1. As artists, shouldn’t menstruating sex-doing women be doing it on canvas? I know, it’s so mid-century, but let us not forget the classics.

        1. ah yes, the old menstruel art vs. design debate.

          but weren’t those modernists just copying the deep menstruel work from other cultures on silk (Japan) and rocks (Western Australia).

          somewhere in a MFA program in America someone is emptying their moon cup and shouting eureka! Free art materials!

    2. I am not sure what you find juvenile about the article.
      Do you think that, since women stop menstruating after menopause, that menstruating is “juvenile”?
      Or do you just consider sex “juvenile”, and think it shouldn’t be enjoyed at all the stages of a fulfilling life?
      Or do you think that a “juvenile” society is one that talks about sex openly, and that a “mature” society is one that hushes it?
      I’m sure the blanket will work for any types of “fallout”, whether period sex or other.

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